May’s Federal election has brought some important changes in the aging and disability space. The appointment of Stuart Robert sees the first ever minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme while Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck takes on the portfolio of Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians. Also, of major significance, Ken Wyatt has been appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians becoming the first indigenous Australian promoted to cabinet. The impact that these appointments will have on government policy will become clearer over the next few months.
The NSW Ageing and Disability Commission (the Commission) will commence operating on 1 July 2019 with strong powers to ensure the commissioner is able to properly investigate matters. Importantly, the Commissioner will be independent and not subject to Ministerial direction and control in exercising its investigative role.
In news from the Department of Health, the More Choices for a Longer Life package sees the extension of the CHSP funding until 2022 while home maintenance and modifications, meals, domestic assistance and transport have been identified as CHSP funding priorities. The department has also released the results of consultations from the National Wellness and Reablement review. This report is now available online.
The Department of Social Services is seeking input in the form of stories and experiences to inform the National Disability Strategy 2020. You can now read the Strategy and participate in the public survey to contribute to achieving a strong, considered and effective way forward.
WSCF is inviting all CEO’s, managers and leaders of aged care and disability services in Western Sydney and Nepean to be a part of the conversation in determining key priorities for ensuring quality of service and staff retention. This Community Care Leaders’ Mixer runs from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Thursday 20 June 2019 in the Nirimba Room at Blacktown City Council and registrations are now open.
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